With 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend here, Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves out of the Western Conference playoff race as they are currently 10th.
With only 25 games remaining in the 2018-2019 NBA season, Los Angeles will need the rest of their young core to step up in Ball’s absence. Kuzma has turned himself into the team’s clear-cut No. 2 option behind LeBron James and will most likely need to continue his hot streak if they have any hope of making the playoffs.
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Kuzma, who was the No. 27 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has made quite the name for himself since coming to Los Angeles and has established himself as a key member. While Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart are integral parts to the roster, Kuzma may end up developing into an All-Star caliber player given his ability to score from anywhere on the floor.
Although Kuzma is only shooting 31.9 percent from the three-point line, he is still averaging 19.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He has upped his offensive production from his rookie season and has also improved on the defensive end as well.
Kuzma’s growth will be a key thing to monitor down the stretch as he will have to carry the scoring burden behind James in most games. However, he appears well-equipped to do so and should only continue to get better as the 2018-19 NBA season goes on.